Pitch­ing in to re­veal the play­ers of match days gone by

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson's Choice Extra -

A LOT of my readers have fond rec­ol­lec­tions of play­ing for Peter­bor­ough foot­ball teams.

I’m sure there’s lots of you who re­mem­ber bat­tling to get out of bed on cold, win­tery, week­end morn­ings to play an 11-a-side league fix­ture.

Reader Alan Green sup­plied a lot of in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this pho­to­graph of the Deep­ing Town Ath­letic foot­ball team from 1947/48.

Mr Green, who lives in Wal­ton, Peter­bor­ough, wrote: “The club used to play in the Peter­bor­ough League on the Arun­dle Field, next to the old Bulimor Garage where the Terry Wright cy­cle shop now is.

“The town foot­ball and ath­letic clubs amal­ga­mated in 1945. Their head­quar­ters used to be the pub called The Bell, sit­u­ated op­po­site the Deep­ing St James bridge.

“My fa­ther was the team’s trainer/phys­io­ther­a­pist, who later went to Bourne Town FC.

“He had no pro­fes­sional train­ing as such, but I re­mem­ber our liv­ing room full of foot­ballers wait­ing for treat­ment. It wouldn’t be al­lowed now but he never had any com­plaints.

“I took a physio course in the Army Med­i­cal Corp. I passed the exam but did not have time to go any fur­ther.

Mr Green could also name the play­ers in the photo. On the back row: un­known man, Al­bert Green (his fa­ther), Percy Iro­son, Gor­don Kingston, Gor­don Wood­ward (who was also a good boxer), Frank Cham­bers, un­known man. Along the mid­dle row were Lewis Jones, Bill Ma­son and Lol Hodgkinson. Fi­nally, on the front row, Reuben Smith (who played for Notts County), Mick Rocker, Amos Jibb, un­known man and Jim Slim­mon.

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